The SFHA is a private company limited by guarantee, first registered in 1975. Though we are separate from other federations in the UK, we work closely with the National Housing Federation (England); Community Housing Cymru (Wales); and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA), as well as Housing Europe.
Only housing associations which are registered associations under the Housing Act 2010 - that is, with the Scottish Housing Regulator - may be members of the SFHA.
Our members elect a Board of 12 non-executive Directors, and that Board governs the organisation on behalf of members. The Board is accountable to members for ensuring that the SFHA is fit for purpose, uses its resources effectively and maximises its reach and impact. The Board is governed by rules set out in the Articles of Association, most recently updated in 2015 and available to members.
Board Directors may be senior staff or governing body members of member associations and are elected from one of four constituencies. Each Director has a term of office of three years and can serve for a maximum of nine years. The Board meets not less than four times a year.
The Board annually elects its office-bearers – Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk.
The Board employs a Chief Executive who is responsible for leading and managing staff of the organisation to deliver the strategy set by the Board. The CEO and Executive Team lead the day-to-day work of the organisation under the headings of Public Affairs, Business Development and Corporate Services.
Our Board and staff recognise and value accountability to members for the manner in which we operate.
We publish each year a members’ brochure outlining plans for the year ahead, as well as a Corporate Annual Report 2016-17 and Annual Accounts and Auditors’ Report within six months of each year end through our AGM. A summary of our accounts is filed at Companies House and is available to members.
The current auditors to the SFHA are Wylie and Bissett.